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A number of LFI MPs have today added their names to a cross-party letter addressed to Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch, calling on the government to investigate allegations in the Jewish Chronicle that scientists at British universities have been helping Iran develop technology that could be used to upgrade its “suicide drone” programme.

LFI chair Steve McCabe MP signed the letter, as did LFI vice-chairs Sharon Hodgson MP and John Spellar MP, alongside LFI parliamentary supporters Taiwo Owatemi MP and Neil Coyle MP, and Parliamentary Labour Party chair John Cryer MP.

Steve McCabe MP, chair of Labour Friends of Israel, said: “I am appalled at the allegation that British universities may have helped Tehran to develop the technology which it is using to spread violence across the Middle East and to assist Putin’s war in Ukraine.

“The government must both urgently investigate this potential serious breach of sanctions and, as Labour has repeatedly argued, immediately proscribe the IRGC which controls the pernicious drone programme.”